The life and legacy of one of baseball’s most iconic figures was remembered on April 15 for the 10th consecutive year.

Since April 15, 2004, “Jackie Robinson Day” has been celebrated every year by major league baseball teams.

Just 13 MLB teams participated in the inaugural event. Now, all 30 teams host activities at their ballpark in Robinson’s memory, and every player wears his number, 42, on their uniforms.

“To honor Jackie in this way honors the best in America,” Rev. Jesse Jackson told ESPN. “In many ways, had Jackie not succeeded, you could not have the Atlanta Falcons or the Braves or the Carolina Panthers. You could not have these southern teams if Jackie had failed.”

Jackie Robinson made his debut on April 15, 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, now the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending 80 years of segregation in baseball. Robinson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

President Obama tweeted, “No. 42. He hit it out of the park. #JackieRobinsonDay.”

“The things this man went through just to play this sport and yet people don’t understand,” ESPN Production Assistant Brian Water told the AFRO.

Courtney Jacobs

AFRO Staff Writer